Many Halloween events happening

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 10/28/17

Many are preparing for Tuesday and Halloween, but there are even more events leading up to the special evening.Of course, thousands are expected to be around the Bradley County Courthouse Square for …

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Many are preparing for Tuesday and Halloween, but there are even more events leading up to the special evening.

Of course, thousands are expected to be around the Bradley County Courthouse Square for the Downtown Block Party. It is the 30th anniversary for the block party.

Several will be visiting Bradley Square Mall on Halloween for the "Spooktacular Fall Festival." There will be games for children, trick or treatment and lots of fun.

"We average between 2,000 and 3,000 people at the mall," said Dr. Shane Brown, assistant pastor for children and families at Westwood Baptist Church. The church is in a partnership with River of Life Church of God and Westmore Church of God in staging the special event.

"It is a team partnership, a team effort," Brown said.

Much like Treat Street at the Block Party, M&M Mars will provide candy for children.

"They have always been faithful in providing candy for the festival," he said. "They will be there with a truck load of M&M products."

There will be a preschool area for children, and fall photos will be taken at the Noerr Halloween Photo Set from 5 to 8 p.m. The actual festival will be begin at 6 p.m.

Brown, who  serves as assistant professor of education at Lee University, said around 80 of his students will be helping with the event.

"It is a safe environment for kids, and we hope to see a large crowd at the festival," he said.

Centenary Avenue always has homes providing great amounts of candy, and in the past, has been a site where families would go, then walk down to the Block Party. It should be similar this Halloween also, and, as in the past, Cleveland legend Tall Betsy may make an appearance.

Constable Wayne Henry has conducted a special Halloween event each holiday, and is expected to have a similar event this year. It is held at Oak Grove Elementary School.

Many other churches will be holding "Truck and Treat" events. First Baptist Church always has a special Halloween event.

And many will continue the traditional trick or treating. Local law enforcement stresses safety Halloween night.

"In order to have a safe Halloween, we are asking parents to stay with their children while they are trick-or-treating," said Sgt. Evie West, public information officer for the Cleveland police Department.  "If possible, try to stay in areas that are well lit and heavily populated. The Cleveland Block Party is always a good place to visit on Halloween due to the fact  it fits in both of those categories and there will be heavy police presence in the area."

She reminded parents whose children are trick or treating to "wear reflective costumes when walking around the streets at night."

James Bradford, communications director for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, agreed with West.

"Traveling in groups is always safer than being alone," he stressed. "Check all candies to make sure they are packaged properly and have not been tampered with."

"Be sure costumes and bags have some type of reflective material and try to stay in well-lit areas," Bradford added. "Carry a flashlight to be prepared for those areas that are dark so you are easily visible to drivers.


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